May 9, 2011 — Midwest Software, developer of Chiro QuickCharts recently announced that they are now ARRA certified as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Midwest Software applied and was first certified through the Drummond Group on 10/29/2010. Drummond Group was designated as an ATCB (Authorized Testing and Certification Body) Aug. 30, 2010 along with CCHIT.
Midwest Software has now completed the full Ambulatory EHR Certification and was approved as such on 5/5/2011. Chiro QuickCharts has been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Chiro QuickCharts has been certified by an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) and reported to ONC.
For certified product listings, please visit: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert (to find them online select ambulatory and then search for word “quickcharts”).
Providers may receive monies for achieving “meaningful use” with their EHR/EMR software in effort to improve the efficiency and adoption rate of healthcare providers across the country.
The amount of the incentives depends on when the EMR is adopted and if the provider qualifies based on meaningful use guidelines. Providers reaching ARRA certified status in 2011 or 2012 will receive $44,000 paid out in five annual payments ranging from $18,000 the first year to $2,000 the fifth year.
Providers who incorporate an ARRA certified product in 2013 will receive reduced incentives of $39,000 and those who reach certification in 2014 will get $24,000. The incentives will expire shortly after and providers who have not achieved certification by 2014 will not be able to share in the incentives.
For more information on certification, please visit: http://healthit.hhs.gov.
Source: Midwest Software, www.midwestsoftsolutions.com